Small, upholstered cube.
I kid you not.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
(My favorite book on blue and white.)
My love of blue and white began
years ago and has never lessened.
I thought I would share some of my favorite inspiration photos
from my Pinterist Board,
Blue and White Favorites,
and photos from Carolyne Roehm’s book
A Passion for Blue and White.
(Michael S. Smith Houses)
I have had so much fun through the years with my own blue and white.
I loved creating this arrangement of my summer zinnias in this blue and white bowl,
the many rearrangements I have created in the Nap Room,
in gathering tablescape items for a dear friend’s
daughter’s engagement party,
Spode Blue Italian every day.
What inspires you?
Friday, January 27, 2012
And so I talked it to death
and tried to come up with a solution ,
until one day I returned to what I really like.
I ordered the shams and the bed skirt on Ebay.
When I look at it, in its early stage again,
my shoulders start to relax.
I love it.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
If you are
‘of an age’,
and you were raised with the same basic guidelines as I was,
as a child/middle-aged woman you wanted something
you could not have…
you may have been warned not
to get ‘swelled up’, as my mother would say.
That warning usually began,
as my frown was forming,
‘of an age’ glory,
I have been swelled up at the flea market.
If you are a junker/thrifter, you know what I mean.
My favorite vendor keeps saving boxes of amazing things
for other people,
I see something in someone else’s cart that makes me hyperventilate,
I am a day late.
Last week was no different.
Until I turned the corner and saw this.
Big Daddy (above) was sitting on the ground under a table full of shoes.
My Academy Award self immediately changed my swelled up expression
to one of disinterest.
I nonchalantly moseyed over.
The first thing I checked?
1. Does it have all of its feet?
2. What does its hallmark say?
No hallmark. Hmmm.
3. Is it heavy?
4. Is the price right?
Yes, $20, but she said she would take $18.
And most importantly???
5. Would it sooth my swelled up heart?
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage
Monday, January 23, 2012
It just dawned on me that I have found
some of my greatest treasures
while my husband sat in the truck reading the paper.
This set of 8 linen napkins,
pinned together with a safety pin,
is just such an example.
He sat patiently in the truck while
my daughter and I went in store after store,
all along streets
and then he was
And when he’s done-
Glad I found these early in the trip.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I created my own hideout as well.
My garden shed is really that-
attached to the back of our garage.
It is where I sit, with a small fan blowing on me,
when it is so hot here in South Texas, I can’t seem to make it to the back door of the house.
Truth be told-
this space -
no matter how hot it is,
is also where the stress leaves,
and gratitude reigns supreme.
And so my planning for gardening in 2012 is underway.
We have a very short winter.
It was 87 degrees today.
I am the eternal optimist when it comes to gardening
where I live.
That’s ‘no step for a stepper’,
as my father would say.
I am linking to Donna’s
Saturday Night Special-
Best of 2011
these wonderful parties.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In a room-
find the oldest woman there.
Take it all in,
soak it all up,
and listen to her every word.
The oldest woman in the room
has certainly lived longer than the youngest,
but it is not just about that.
If we limit ourselves to just listening to our chronological peers,
we limit ourselves to an exchange of like-minded,
There are so many wonderful,
age worn ideas.
Find the oldest woman in the room
and take a seat.
Be her listener; be a learner; be her .
I love you,
Sunday, January 15, 2012
If you ever want tortilla soup quickly,
My friend Mary Jo told me about this.
Once the soup base is heated,
add your favorite ingredients.
I added a can of ranch style beans,
shredded chicken breast,
and corn on the cob- only because I didn’t have frozen whole kernel corn.
Because I used rotisserie chicken,
it was ready in minutes.
I then served it in my talavera bowls
from Dolores Hidalgo,
and I used the vintage silver soup spoons I have.
I only have two, but there is something
I just had one more thing to do:
iced tea in my lime green goblet from
San Miguel de Allende.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
You know what it’s like.
Sometimes the major pieces in a room aren’t going anywhere
Why? The usual suspect: budget.
Or maybe you just aren’t ready yet.
Let’s also say that your den is the room in question,
let’s also say you like red and zebraprint,
and the wingback chair sitting next
to the red glossy/chipped finished
And then there’s the old, worn dining table
And the couches- which will be
the first thing to go when the time comes-
are looking a little tired,
but they are so comfortable
So when that happens,
may I recommend doing what I did?
Go to Ross and spend a very small
amount of money
to show you are in it to win,
at least for now.
You are saying, ‘I like this room just as it is’.
You embrace it rather than ignoring it.
Rather than subtracting,
Purchased: 2 kilim like pillows in dull red $7.99 each
zebra runner with black fringe $8.00
dull red crackled tray $6.99
Try it- it works.